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...They fight crime!

Brainstorming impromptu quiz:

Name your favorite(s) buddy pairing. It can be from a book, movie, TV show, or one episode of a TV show, it could be two guys, two women, a man and a woman, they can start out as friends, enemies, or strangers, they just can't be lovers or become lovers during the story. They probably shouldn't be family, either, and if they were once mentor and student, they are on a more equal footing now. And then tell me why you liked that pairing.

For example: Faith and Wesley in season 4 of Angel. Made.Of.Awesome. He once failed as a mentor, she nearly tortured him to death, now they must team up to track down one of their closest mutual friends who's gone to the dark side.

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yoshimi
Nov. 11th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
is it too generic to just say buffy/xander/willow? even if its true?
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 11th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, the other rule: it must be a PAIR.
yoshimi
Nov. 11th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
dangit! so the doctor-donna wouldn't count either, then ... ;)
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 11th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't? How are they not a pair?

I am looking for plot inspiration for a pairing, so I'm looking for those awesome favorite-moment adventures for pairings, and why the two had chemistry (without romance) in your mind.
yoshimi
Nov. 11th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
did you watch doctor who? that season with donna noble was excellent. if you youtube the scene where they had the pantomime conversation, i think you'll see some excellent chemistry without romance. doctor who is kind of the epitome of chemistry without romance; and, in the new era, donna was extra wonderful for being the one companion that didn't seem to want to jump his bones all the time. so i'll amend my answer to them.
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 11th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
I have never watched Dr. Who. The first season of the New Who was just a little too goofy for me to get past.
spiletta42
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately it's supposed to be goofy. I like goofy, but I say unfortunately because the Doctor and Donna is an excellent example.
chickenfeet2003
Nov. 11th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
Richard Hannay and Sandy Arbuthnot in Greenmantle. Most over the top characters anywhere, ever.
ponygirl2000
Nov. 11th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
I just finished Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road which had a very good - understated yet heartfelt - buddy pairing. In this one, and I think with most buddy pairings, I like the element of trust underlying their interactions. There may be bickering or angst or lots of other issues, but I always like when two characters have absolute faith in the other.
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 11th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
It creates an interesting tension, though, when they don't quite trust each other, but know that they have to find it to succeed.
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masqthephlsphr
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
I did like their chemistry quite a bit, which is why I had to buddy them up in my own fic, The Destroyer. Bickering and bad-guy fisticuffs.
spiletta42
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
There's a new show on FOX that has a great buddy cop pairing. I never ever watch cop shows, but it's rather hilarious and it has a bunch of great characters. The Good Guys, Fridays at 9pm. /promotion

  • Alias -- Sydney and Dixon
  • Buffy -- Buffy and Cordelia
  • Dark Angel -- Max and Original Cindy
  • Doctor Who -- the Doctor and Donna
  • The Good Guys -- Jack and Dan
  • Firefly -- Mal and Zoe
  • Roswell -- Liz and Maria
  • Star Trek TOS -- Kirk and Spock
  • Star Trek Voyager -- Janeway and Paris
  • Stargate SG-1 -- Daniel and Sam


I'd be happy to elaborate on any that might be useful to you, but I'm at work, so there might be time lag.
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Dark Angel -- Max and Original Cindy
spiletta42
Nov. 11th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
While they aren't really crime-fighting partners on a regular basis, when they do work together in a crisis, it always come across like they are a regular team. The friendship-based communication really serves them well. They always have each other's back, and Max doesn't let her superhuman abilities diminish her BFF's skills in various situations.

They work as a team in C.R.E.A.M., saving Sketchy's backside from thugs, and this is more of a writing thing than specific to the relationship, but I love that we get to see Original Cindy kick a little butt herself even without super powers. I think their relationship really shines in Art Attack, as they juggle everything going on with Normal and the stolen Rockwell as well as Logan's family event.

I love how Original Cindy accepts that Max had to hide her genetic status, and doesn't let it screw up their friendship.

A very brief overview, I know, but I am at work. The two best episodes for your purposes are probably the two I named, plus Shortie's in Love (the Diamond episode), and some moments in the show's finale.
cactuswatcher
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Bones - Zack and Jack. Alas Zack was dumped from the show and Jack found romance. But in the beginning: Zack was a geek among geeks and a social bungler. Jack was a conspiracy theorist and angry at the world. Apart, they were each pretty hopeless. Together they made beautiful music, solved crimes and blew up stuff in the name of science.
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
...And they fight crime!!!
cactuswatcher
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
And I bet no other duo fought crime by making a test dummy out of spam! Not a joke, and it was real science, although the boss was a little disturbed by it. I think when they threw the watermelon off the roof of the institute, though, that was at least 70% for fun and only 30% for fighting crime.
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I have seen SPAM test dummies before. Something about that mystery meat sharing properties in common with human flesh.

Eesh.
cornerofmadness
Nov. 11th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
cool choice
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 12th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
...I don't see your choice....
cornerofmadness
Nov. 12th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
i was referring to yours. i have none
a2zmom
Nov. 12th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Shawn and Gus from Psych - BFF forever!
masqthephlsphr
Nov. 12th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
So many suggestions from shows I don't watch. I will have to go find out more.
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masqthephlsphr
Nov. 12th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
So many great platonic pairings lose out to romance stories taking up air space, either with each other or other people. One reason I don't enjoy the compulsion of fan fiction to sexualize every moment of on-screen chemistry.
atpo_onm
Nov. 12th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
John Steed & Emma Peel, The Avengers

Often (OK, not very, in our reality anyway) imitated, never duplicated.

I'm extremely hard pressed to think of another male/female pairing where they did not eventually become lovers, (thus removing Mulder & Scully from consideration) or even just flirt with becoming such. They were true partners, always professional.

If you want something more recent, John Connor and Cameron, T:SCC. One of the essential element of "buddy" pairings is that you stick up for your partner, no matter what, you see things in them that others don't or won't.

Someone already mentioned "The Good Guys". Haven't been watching the most recent eps, just no time, but so far the pairing is very good in a very off-the-wall fashion.
midnightsjane
Nov. 13th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
Chiana and John Crichton in Farscape. They have a "buddy" relationship with undertones of brother-sister.
Also in Farscape, Crichton and D'Argo, and in a weird kind of way, Aeryn and Rygel.
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